With the intention of capturing the trends of the time in the field of artistic creation, director Marcel L’Herbier surrounded himself with exceptional collaborators on the film L’Inhumaine. One of these collaborators was future filmmaker Claude Autant-Lara, whose first film, Fait Divers, would later be produced by L’Herbier’s Cinégraphic production company. The writer-director would gain popularity in the 1940s and 1950s for his provocative films, including Four Bags Full (1956), Rouge et noir (1954) and The Red Inn (1951), but find less success after shunning the New Wave movement of the 1960s. Late in life, he became a controversial figure; in 1989, the members of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, of which he was a vice-president for life, voted to prohibit him from taking his seat after he made inflammatory comments as a member of the National Front party.
For L’Inhumaine, Claude Autant-Lara designed the sets for the spectacular greenhouse in Claire Lescot’s (Georgette Leblanc) home, pictured here.